Almost 100 new social housing units have been purchased in a new development in Ballymun, in a move welcomed by a local councillor.

The National Housing Agency, on behalf of Dublin City Council, purchased 92 social housing homes in Hampton Wood on St Margaret’s Road at a cost of €35 million, aimed at servicing individuals currently on the Ballymun housing list.

Out of the homes purchased, 30 will be ready for families to move into before the end of the year. Some are currently still under construction.

There are 32 houses purchased, including 8 four bedroomed homes and 24 three bedroomed homes, and 60 apartments acquired also.

Local councillor Noeleen Reilly (IND) said she’s delighted the homes have been purchased for social housing.

Reilly said: “I’m delighted these homes have been purchased. Thirty families will have their forever home before Christmas which is fantastic.

“I live beside this development and building has been going on for some time. It will provide some relief to families in the area on the housing list.

“It’s a drop in the ocean to what is needed but it’s a great start and we need to continue looking at all options to house people.

“It’s also great that there is a decent mix of sizes which in the past this has not often been the case.

“I know people will be watching anxiously over the next while hoping that they will get one of these homes and I’m happy to provide any assistance I can.”